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of dave. there is one, new jersey governor chris christie's appearance on david letterman last night. coming up. >>> and in the rewrite tonight, breaking news, fox news just fired one of their prime time players. just because he was wrong. all the time. about everything. what is up with that? how do your car running like new? you ask a ford customer. when they tell you that you need your oil changed you got to bring it in. if your tires need to be rotated, you have to get that done as well. jackie, tell me why somebody should bring they're car here to the ford dealership for service instead of any one of those other places out there. they are going to take care of my car because this is where it came from. price is right no problem, they make you feel like you're a family. get a synthetic blend oil change, tire rotation and much more, $29.95 after $10.00 rebate. if you take care of your car your car will take care of you. [ female announcer ] some people like to pretend a flood could never happen to them. and that their homeowners insurance protects them. [ thunder crashes ] it doesn
the paul harvey farmer ad better. >>> and governor chris christie wants everyone to shut up about his weight. >> shut up. >> tonight, reverend al sharpton is here to give the governor some tips on becoming the biggest loser. >>> good to have you with us tonight, folks. thanks for watching. the confirmation hearings of cia director nominee john brennan got off to a rocky start today. human rights protesters from the activist group code pink interrupted the hearings before they even started. john brennan is the architect of the obama administration's drone warfare program, which includes targeted killings. once the hearing got under way, there was another disruption. the protester was escorted out. then there was another. same thing. seconds later there was another. and then another. finally, chairwoman senator dianne feinstein broke up the proceedings. >> we're going to halt the hearing. i'm going to ask that the room be cleared and that the code pink associates not be permitted to come back in. we've done this five times now and five times are enough. >> the chaos underscored the cont
. >> coming up, chris christie is now amazingly in day three of answering questions about his weight, questions that are getting tougher and stranger. and there is no evidence tonight that if chris christie runs for president, he will be running against hillary clinton. and are you afraid of ashley judd? of course not. who are afraid of ashley judd? turns out karl rove and mitch mcconnell are afraid of ashley judd. and the story of a politician who did the right thing, even though he knew it would cost him politically, even though he saw his father's political career end because his father did the right thing. the rarest thing in politics is in tonight's rewrite, political bravery. and be sure to like us on facebook, please. this is begging you're hearing right now. they told me to beg you about this. please like us on facebook. to grow, we have to boost our social media visibility. more "likes." more tweets. so, beginning today, my son brock and his whole team will be our new senior social media strategists. any questions? since we make radiator valves wouldn't it be better if we ju
is chris christie talking so much about his weight? maybe because he wants to talk about it on his terms, and why might that be? because perhaps he's running for president. >>> finally, the recently fired dick morris admits he was wrong at the top of his lungs last november. that's fine, but was he really wrong in predicting a romney landslide or did he know what was coming and decide that's what fox viewers wanted to hear? >>> we begin with the debate over the drones. robin wright is a scholar at the woodrow wilson center. "newsweek's" dan klaidman is the author of "kill or capture." john brennan's confirmation hearing this afternoon started out with some fireworks. anti-war protesters interrupted the proceedings five times accusing the cia of causing huge amounts of collateral damage with drone strikes. the committee's chair, dianne feinstein, eventually cleared the room. later, brennan cited the protesters when he addressed what he called a misperception about the goal of the drone strikes. let's listen. >> i think there is a misimpression on the part of some american people who belie
chris christie is riding a record high wave of popularity. a new poll shows that 70% of new jersey residents have a favorable view of christie, including 59% of democrats. christie's soaring poll numbers cap a week where he spoke extensively about his week and pointed attacks. >> i've made jokes about you, not just one or two, not just ongoing here and there, intermittent, but -- >> i didn't know this was going to be this long. >> i find it fascinating that a doctor in arizona who's never met me can make a diagnosis from 2400 miles away. this is another hack who wants five minutes on tv and i think she should shut up. >> sometimes i'm successful and other time i'm not. >> i'm basically the healthiest fat guy i've ever seen in your life. >> there's your campaign poster right there. >> should it matter? let's bring in democratic strategist blake zeth and republican pollster kristin solstice anderson. good to see both of you. good morning. >> good morning. >> how do you think he's handling this? this is a lot of questions people have, blake. >> i think it's always good to use humor. o
and about and governor chris christie hits back against all the fat jokes made at his expense. very good morning to you. it's nice to see you. >>> before you head out this morning, you might want to pad your wallet. gas prices are up again. aaa puts the average price for a gallon of regular at $3.52. that is the highest average ever for the month of february. the cost up is 17 cents from just last week. drivers in states like new york and california are feeling the pinch more than others. prices there approaching $4 a gallon. that is making for extra pain at the pump. >> these higher gas prices definitely affect the way i budget my money, where i choose to live, and how i choose to spend my leisurely time. >> i'm more conscious about the distance i'm driving. >> a dollar decline in the number of oil refineries have been blamed for the increase. 2013 will be less brutal on 2012 where average household spent $3,000 on gas. >>> thanks to a fbi rescue, the little boy that was the hostage of an alleged murder is safe and sound this morning. >> i've been to the hospital. i have visited with et
to be this long. >> that's new jersey governor chris christie having some fun at his own expense last night braving the couch of late night nemesis david letterman. good stuff. good morning. this is "way too early," the show that will bite your donut if you give us the tiniest opening. we have a lot to cover this morning including new signs of the efforts to stop chuck hague frl becoming secretary of defense are losing steam. comments by john mccain suggest he's on a glide path to confirmation and president obama hits the road taking his gun control message to the heartland. the question is will that create enough meaningful pressure for reform? that's straight ahead. we begin with new revelations involving u.s. drone strikes program and the obama administration's legal justification behind the use of such efforts against al qaeda suspects. a new 16-page memo copy of which was obtained by nbc news offers fresh insights into this controversial practice including the killing of american citizens overseas if they're believed to be senior operational leaders of al qaeda or an associated force.
. >> now, that's a guy having some fun. and christie wasn't done. he delivered a few of his favorite letterman jokes. >> here's two of them that we particularly liked. first was celebrity birthday today. chris christie turned 50. he blew out the candles on his cake and he wished for another cake. a billion dollars would be spent on potato chips for super bowl sunday, and that's just at governor christie's house. >> this is fun to watch. now, i don't agree with much of christie's politics, but he's real. he can make fun of himself, and he's not afraid to do the right thing. like when he worked directly with president obama in the aftermath of hurricane sandy. he even praised the president days before the election. again, now, i disagree with governor christie on the issues. and governor, if you're ever serious about dieting, i know a guy that you can get some advice from. call me. thanks for watching. i'm al sharpton, "hardball" starts right now. >>> running for cover. let's play "hardball." ♪ >>> good evening. i'm chris matthews in washington. let me start tonight with this crying
. >> thank you very much. greatly appreciate you joining us. >>> coming up, governor chris christie, poked fun of the weight on letterman this week. then told a former white house doctor to shut up after she said the weight could be life threatening. is it too much attention paid to chris christie's weight? it's our "gut check." >>> the latest on the manhunt in california for a former lapd officer accused of three murders. r social media visibili. more "likes." more tweets. so, beginning today, my son brock and his whole team will be our new senior social media strategists. any questions? since we make radiator valves wouldn't it be better if we just let fedex help us to expand to new markets? hmm gotta admit that's better than a few "likes." i don't have the door code. who's that? he won a contest online to be ceo for the day. how am i supposed to run a business here without an office?! [ male announcer ] fast, reliable deliveries worldwide. fedex. [ male announcer ] fast, reliable deliveries worldwide. i can't believe your mom let you take her car out.ck! this is awesome! whoooo! you're
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chris christie, who has been pretty vocal about an issue that he brought to light himself, his own weight. take a listen to how he's responding to a former white house doctor critique his fitness. >> if she wants to get on a plane and come here to new jersey and ask me if she wants to examine me and review my medical history, i'll have a conversation with her about that. until that time, she should shut up. >> admiral, i want to ask you, the temperament of chris christie as a politician to be thrown onto a world stage. do you think he's got that under control? >> you know, i have seen governor christie and i don't know him, speak up very well and forcefully for his constituents like in hurricane sandy. in this case, that white house staffer is a retired navy admiral, and i think she spoke up in support of him. i think that kind of response was, quite frankly, and some of his responses would make me feel uncomfortable as a citizen, but that doesn't preclude him from being a very viable presidential candidate, but in a sense i think to some degree that as this goes forward, whether i
christie having some fun with his weight on "letterman." he pulled out a donut and made a few self deappreciating facts about diet. but then a former white house doctor went on tv and she had this to say to governor christie. j i'm a republican. i like chris christie, a lot. i want him to run. i want him to lose weight. i worry about this man dying in office. >> today, it was no laughing matter for the governor. heresponded, "she's just another hack looking for her five minutes." and whent onto say she should shut up. he even personally called the doctor today to complain about her armchair diagnosis. but the doctor shot back with a statement. it's unfortunate to hear the governor christie's reaction. it doesn't take a physician to look at him and observe he's overweight. governor, the ball is in your court. step seven point two one two. verify and lock. command is locked. five seconds. three, two, one. standing by for capture. the most innovative software on the planet... dragon is captured. is connecting today's leading companies to places beyond it. siemens. answers. >>> republi
at this morning's dish of scrambled politics. chris christie praised president obama's response to hurricane sandy and he says they had a fun chat at the white house later about how much money the government would give to the victims in new jersey. >>> on monday, governor christie sits down with david letterman. he's been known to make jokes about christie's weight. he says he hopes they're funny. mitt romney's campaign donated $90,000 to the red cross to help victims of soup storm sandy. geraldo riff yar is considering a run for the senate in new jersey in 2014. so that could become a race against newark mayor corey booker who already said he's interested in running for the democratic nomination for that same senate seat. >>> the federal election commission reports that president obama raised over $738 million for the 2012 campaign. final pricetag for the entire 2012 election totals $7 billion. that's a new high. >>> but a new poll says trusting government is at a new low. 53% of americans say they believe the federal government threatened their personal rights and freedoms. >>> and that's your m
christie's poll numbers up through the roof. he was on letterman and he's making the jokes about his own weight eating a doughnut. that's ahead, and this is "hardball," the place for politics. yo, give it up, dude! up high! ok. don't you have any usefull apps on that thing? who do you think i am, quicken loans? ♪ at quicken loans, our amazingly useful mortgage calculator app allows you to quickly calculate your mortgage payment based on today's incredibly low interest rates... right from your iphone or android smartphone. one more way quicken loans is engineered to amaze. ♪ but, dad, you've got... [ voice of dennis ] allstate. with accident forgiveness, they guarantee your rates won't go up just because of an accident. smart kid. [ voice of dennis ] indeed. are you in good hands? thto fight chronic. osteoarthritis pain. [ voice of dennis ] indeed. to fight chronic low back pain. to take action. to take the next step. today, you will know you did something for your pain. cymbalta can help. cymbalta is a pain reliever fda-approved to manage chronic musculoskeletal pain. one non-narcoti
favorite correspondents. >>> up next, chris christie's poll numbers are up through the roof. no wonder. here's a guy who can laugh at himself. he was on letterman and he's making the jokes about his own weight eating a doughnut. that's ahead, and this is "hardball," the place for politics. [ female announcer ] going to sleep may be easy, but when you wake up in the middle of the night it can be frustrating. it's hard to turn off and go back to sleep. intermezzo is the first and only prescription sleep aid approved for use as needed in the middle of the night when you can't get back to sleep. it's an effective sleep medicine you don't take before bedtime. take it in bed only when you need it and have at least four hours left for sleep. do not take intermezzo if you have had an allergic reaction to drugs containing zolpidem, such as ambien. allergic reactions such as shortness of breath or swelling of your tongue or throat may occur and may be fatal. intermezzo should not be taken if you have taken another sleep medicine at bedtime or in the middle of the night or drank alcohol that day.
. andrea, good morning. >> good morning. hi, mika. >> want to get straight into the news. chris christie's back in the news. he kind of fired back at that white house doctor who made some really kind of inappropriate comments about his weight. >> yeah, did you hear about that? >> i thought. i thought it was great what he said. it's exactly the conversation that we don't need to have about weight and obesity. we need to have a better one. hopefully this will lead to that at some point. it's what i'm writing about. >> so this doctor says that she's afraid chris christie's going to die. >> yeah, and she goes on camera and says that. >> and then chris christie fires back. >> said "shut up." >> you know, we shouldn't be talking about that. >> why? >> because there's much bigger news out there. >> what's that? >> what do you think? everybody's talking about it. >> lindsay lohan. what? >> she's broke. poor lindsay lohan is broke. and she's moving back home. and i don't know. i want to help her. can we start a lindsay lohan fund in >> no, we really can't. >> can we put donny in charge of it? >>
on the block. last year chris christie told voters they picked a retread in brown. >> not as much hair. i've slowed down a bit but i ran three miles in 29 minutes two nights ago. i hereby challenge governor christie to a three mile race, push-up contest, and a chin-up contest. i have no doubt of the outcome. >> well, next. ready to meet the assemblyman who missed the memo on how not to speak about gun control. while americans are entitled to have strong opinions, there is also language that is inappropriate in any discussion. the supporters of gun control are doing something akin to what hitler's germany did to strip citizens of guns in the run-up to the second world war. here's steve mclaughlin yesterday frustrated with how quickly the gun control bill was passed. >> we're told to shut up and vote. that's what this is about. don't question it. just vote. that's the message here. hitler would be proud. mussolini would be proud of what we did here. but that's not democracy. >> there you have it. a few hours later he released a video apology calling his statement an honest mistake. >>> fina
. >> chris christie's top strategist tells the new jersey star ledger he hasn't called me. will we see christie giving his blessings to geraldo, a candidacy by geraldo, or is that just fat chance, michelle goldberg? what do you think? >> i would be surprised because chris christie, for all my disagreements with him, does seem to love the state of new jersey. but i'm not sure how many chris christie's endorsement matters compared to fox news' endorsement. should he run, it will be just another step in the consolidation of fox news and the republican party. >> michael, you know, name recognition. he could probably raise a little bit of money. he can handle the media. he is an advocate for people in a sense. journalistic credentials a little shaky at times. would he be a potential winner, do you think? >> you know, ed, i think geraldo is a smart guy. i do his radio show sometimes, and, you know, i've talked with him. he knows issues. he knows policy. he is pretty moderate. he is pro-choice, which a lot of people may not know yet. now, that may kill him in a primary, even in new jersey. re
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governor chris christie. let's take a look at his appearance on david letterman. >> i've made jokes about you, not just one owere to. not just ongoing here and there, intermittent. >> i didn't know it was going to be this long. >> joking aside, christie has an innate ability to know the room and be the regular guy. and isn't this what the republican party is lacking right now? i mean, they've got an identity crisis. why not start with the regular guy next door? is he the best bet they have? >> to some extent, the problem is how does he get through if he runs for president, how does he get through that republican primary. the party right now is dominated by a clear faction on the right that thinks their policies are the right ones for the country there is no negotiation, no compromise. whether that's on immigration, whether that's on taxes, whether it's on social issues. the problem that they ignore and the groups in the tea party in the farr right ignored is the country has moved. it's moved more to the middle. it's moved in a more progressive direction. and they don't want to change. and
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promise you, times have changed." >>> new jersey governor chris christie is known for being direct. wednesday his response to a doctor offering unsolicited opinions about his weight is just that. >> this is just another hack who wants five minutes on tv. >> his comments came after a former white house doctor said she worries christie might die in office if he's elected president. the governor has been outspoke been his weight in the past and even joked about it on the "late show" with david letterman this week. >> it's completely irresponsible, completely irresponsible. i have four children between 9 and 19. my children, my 12-year-old son says, dad, are you going to die? if she wants to come to a plane and examine me and review my medical history, i'll have a conversation with her about that. until that time, she should shut up. >> all righty then. that means your first look at this morning's dish of scrambled politics. chuck hagel conference has been delayed. hagel has not spoken to the president since his contentious confirmation hearings. he still meeting with senators to shore
. turkish media says the man was immediately detained. >>> new jersey governor chris christie says there is a plan to deal with his on going weight struggle. the governor poked fun of his size on david letterman's show. he even took a bite of a donut. when asked about his health at a local news conference, he acknowledged the issue saying just because his efforts to lose weight aren't always successful, it doesn't mean he's not trying. >> i know that some of you who are incredibly concerned about my weight, and i appreciate your concern, anyone who has struggled with their weight over time in this state or this country will tell you that when they begin the plan, they have every intention of fulfilling the plan. so the plan which i begin today, i have every intention of fulfilling. i hope i can fulfill it by tonight. then if i can, then tomorrow i'll start it and we'll go again. but i'm not going to be overly self consumed about this. and nor should the people of the state be all that concerned about whether i can do my job. i can get out of bed every morning. >> and the potential
in feature graphic violence. chris christie not too happy with unsolicited medical advice from a former white house doctor. the new jersey republican pushing back at connie mariano who said in an interview on tuesday that she worried christie's weight issues could kill him in office. >> i find it fascinating that a doctor in arizona who's never met me, never examined me, never reviewed my medical history or records, knows nothing about my family history could make a diagnosis from 2400 miles away she must be a genius. this is another hack who wants five minutes on tv. and it's completely irresponsible. completely irresponsible. my children saw that last night. and she sat there on tv and said i'm afraid he's going to die in office. my 12-year-old son said, dad, are you going to die? if she wants to get on a plane and come here to new jersey and ask me if she wants to examine me and review my medical history, i'll have a conversation with her about that. until that time, she should shut up. >> there you go. >>> moving on to business news, a possible merger between us airways and the parent com
'll accept that. it's bipartisan. governor christie exhibits the same kind of responses and has a pretty high approval rating. so we will go forward with taking you at your word and we'll have the kind of relationship that we can have a blunt, straightforward, fully disclosed working relationship. i think it's critical to our ability to provide oversight, our ability to have the right kind of relationship with the agency so we know where each other is and can move forward together in terms of what needs to be done to provide intelligence necessary to protect the american people. so i wanted to say that. i'd like to follow up a little bit more on the leaks question. because i have a few more questions. i was going to delve into that in more detail but it's already been discussed. let me just ask a couple of other questions to clear some things up in my mind. my understanding is that the associated press had information relative to the intercept of a planned operation that perhaps had something to do with airlines and explosive devices. apparently they had this for a few days and then either we
that chris christie and newark mayor cory booker aren't exactly best friends. i didn't know that. christie kicked off the week joking about his weight with david letterman. soon after he was telling a former white house physician to shut up for expressing concern over his health and his weight. anyway, guess what the project -- project booker just announced yesterday? his new partnership with weight watchers to help combat obesity up in newark. well, surely this one was in the works for a while, but strange about the talk and the timing. >>> by the way, it seems like christie is still in attack mode over the comments from that physician. yesterday dr. connie mariano recounted the phone call she got from the governor. >> it was essentially the tone of the press conference but louder. >> pretty much yelled the whole time. >> uh-huh. if this is the way you handle stress, is this presidential? have to think about that. is this a presidential way to behave? come on. >> there's a political commentary from the doctor. apparently calling her a hack at the press conference was not enough. >>> final
. the temporary office is in the eisenhower executive office right next door. >>> new jersey chris christie is getting ready for his first late-night tv appearance with david letterman. >>> and that is your morning dish of "scrambled politics." >>> all right, now for a look at monday's weather. here's meteorologist bill karins. >> good morning. >> oh boy, tell a lot of people are going to be tired after that super bowl last night. >> including yourself. >> good morning, everyone. if you're up and at em after that late night, we're watching cold air and coming down. the cold air has been locked in the same areas while the west is enjoying beautiful conditions. texas to the gulf coast, no problems. winter is over the great lakes. ohio valley. northern plains and new england. north of chicago and milwaukee, up to the border, some heavier snow band. eventually the snow will head into ohio, toledo, cleveland. not a big blockbuster event. quick-moving storms. 1 to 3 inches with this. temperatures are plenty kld out there. tonight, it will push into philadelphia. behind it, there's some cold air,
on that and bring it to you right here. well, if nnl new jersey governor chris christie thought that getting out front on his weight issue and laughing about it on late night would silence his critics, well, it didn't work. instead the tough-talking republican who famously downed a donut on letterman has brought on a firestorm of talk. does his weight weigh heavy on his political future? joining us now live is michael simons, the statehouse reporter for the asbury press, and he is the author of chris christie, the inside story of his rise to power. just before the governor's late night appearance, it gives him this all-time high favorability rating. 70% of voters in your state like him. even a majority of democrats. the weight is not holding him back in new jersey. does it make a difference on a national stage? >> aink that becomes one of the first conversations he has to have almost any time he is being introduced to a new audience. you can't, obviously, ignore the fact that he is overweight, and i think that as he gets out on the national stage will he have to talk about it. he doesn't want th
of david letterman's jokes. i interviewed chris christie for my book coming up in may very seriously about his weight and about how much those jokes hurt him. i guess he felt he had to do that to sort of, you know, break the ice with letterman. >> what do you mean those jokes hurt him? >> they hurt his feelings. >> i want to see another clip and see how hurt he is? he handles it very well. >> do you have family members who are also heavy? >> no. i'm the guy. >> you are the guy. >> i'm the guy. >> how is your health sxwlmpt if you went to a doctor today, what would the doctor say? >> startlingly good. >> how is your cholesterol? >> my cholesterol is normal, believe it or not. >> that's pretty good. >> what about your blood sugar? >> blood sugar, also normal. i'm basically the healthiest fat guy you've ever seen in your life. crazy. >> there's your campaign poster right there. >> it's good stuff. >> well done. >> so you're saying it's like the tears? >> tears of a clown. >> no, stop it. my god, i can't believe you. no, he's addressing obviously an issue everybody jokes about with him but it'
republicans can do? >> geraldo has great name i.d. what can i say? >> is it chris christie campaigning for geraldo rivera? is that just something that you can't wait to see? >> it's an interesting time if you're ever going to, you know, go for a senate seat when you're an unlikely candidate, doing it on the tails of chris christie is probably a really smart thing to do. >> but the reality of new jersey is what it is. but this -- how has cory booker handled this frank lautenberg dance? it doesn't look to me he's handled it well. >> it's a difficult situation, no doubt about it. still an incumbent u.s. senator for all intents and purposes still claims to be the incumbent u.s. senator. i don't think there's an easy way of doing it. >> i think the person who has handled it worse is frank lautenberg who is constantly out there taunting cory booker. who has a million followers on twitter. he's a good guy. he's saving dogs. he's saving people from their homes. i don't know if i would -- >> given new jersey's politics, i don't know if this could have gone down any differently. >> that's what c
, where they're doing extremely well in the states. many are popular, people like chris christie, very popular, bobby jindal, popular in his state. susana martinez, republican in her state. these are ones who made themselves popular because they have to govern, be executives, propose policies, they can't just sit on the sidelines and throw bombs at democrats, it is hard to do anything else, that has been the republican's tactic, but at the state level they prove that they can be constructive. and probably it is the case if the future of the republican party doesn't come from super pacs, doesn't come from think tanks, doesn't come from the feuds they're talking about. it comes from leadership bubbling out of the states and compelling candidates running at the national level and proving by their example that they have a message. >> dave, is anybody playing this from the other side? you have a kind of clustering of chris christie and jindal and ryan and rubio. they're doing something similar, not moving the policy, but a way of talking about the politics. is anybody running side by side t
or find us on facebook. >>> coming up, governor chris christie confronts his weight issue and does so head-on with a jelly doughnut and david letterman. you've got to do it for yourself. the pollee side bar is ahead. ♪ i don't wanna be right [ record scratch ] what?! it's not bad for you. it just tastes that way. [ female announcer ] honey nut cheerios cereal -- heart-healthy, whole grain oats. you can't go wrong loving it. bee happy. bee healthy. with clusters of flakes and o's. oh, ho ho... it's the honey sweetness. i...i mean, you...love. >>> so on this day in black history, we take a look at the life of essie may washington williams, the biracial child of the late senator strom thurmond, who died yesterday at the age of 87. william washington, who was the daughter of thurmond, the straunch segregationalist and his family's black maid, never revealed her identity, because in her words, he trusted me and i respected him in reference to her father. it was in 2003 thatstrom th str thurmond that washington came forward about this secret that had been rumored for decades. >>> another twist
. appreciate it. >>> governor chris christie gets serious about the scale. it is time now for the poly side bar. just one day after joke around with david letterman about his weight, the governor admitted it's really not something to laugh about. >> of course i care about it. and i'm making the best effort i can. and sometimes i'm successful, and other times i'm not. and sometimes periods of great success are followed by periods of great failure. >> governor christie says his doctor often warns him of the health risks of being overweight. >>> comedian chris rock might joke around about gun violence, but he's really serious about this issue. he's in washington, d.c. right now teaming up with other celebrities, members of congress, and mayors against illegal guns in support of the president's gun violence plan. >>> senator marco rubio showed off his not so serious side during an interview yesterday, and get this, his love of '90s rap music, particularly tupac. >> i think that tupac's lyrics are probably more insightful, in my opinion, with all apologies to the biggie fans. >> so actress ashley ju
we have a right to address that. >> last month christie talked with oprah winfrey and said he doesn't like being overweight. >> i don't like being overweight. i know i'd be healthier and better off if i weren't. >> feel better, move better. >> all of it. all of it. i would love to show these people who say that because i'm overweight that means i'm not disciplined. >> yeah. >> they think you can get to where i am by being undisciplined? let me show them. >> the key is it takes a lot of discipline to do what you did, to go through that lifestyle change. but the way he's dealing with it is self-deprecation. to pull out the donut, make fun of himself. is that just a remedy for a bad situation? >> i think it could be a remedy or it could be denial. i think at some point, though, you've got to have a real conversation with yourself and say not only what am i projecting to the public but what am i doing to myself and how am i disciplined enough to become a governor but not disciplined enough to deal with my own health issues? and that's what i did. i mean, if i could go around talking abo
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